Software development is a social activity that favors direct human contact, yet 21st century life can often get in the way, forcing us to reconsider our communication patterns. Whether you are building a collocated, remote, or distributed team, there is one component in software development that remains unchanged: the human element. Daniel Young and Emma Jane Hogbin Westby explore how to build and maintain happy productive teams, regardless of geography.
Dan Young is CEO and cofounder of small, London-based software consultancy EngineerBetter, which places an emphasis on XP values and practices, including pair programming on colocated teams. Dan’s 15-year career has been a multidisciplinary journey through web ops, large-scale carrier networking, and product management leadership. He is driven by a strong desire to reduce friction and find more effective ways of working in large organizations.
Emma Jane Hogbin Westby leads the operations team for shared digital services at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). She is the author of O’Reilly’s Git for Teams and two books on web development.
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